How many times have you asked the suffering question? If your anything like me, you ask daily. Why me God?! Why do I have to go through this?! When will this pain stop?! Lately, I've started looking at suffering from a different perspective. Bare with me as I walk through this with you.
When I was at the height of my career at an oil refinery that I seriously thought I would never leave, I was forced out. Given the choice of a demotion and a move to Sioux City Iowa, or severance pay. I took my leave. My life was over! I had failed in all aspects. I rolled around in my self pity at the pool for about 3 months and then went back into the profession of waiting tables.
That was 21 years ago. FYI... My life was not over.
This lesson has helped me help others to see that while change is hard, you do live through it and there is something to learn at every corner.
Then, when I was at the height of my career at the soup kitchen I had taken from the back of my truck, to a $300K building. I was given the option of... wait there was no option! God called my husband into full-time ministry, which meant leaving a life and home and friends that I LOVED!! On top of it all, I was awesome at what I was doing... walking with people through the suffering of their lives.
That was 9 years ago.
This lesson lead me to a new way of life. A life of surrender to the maker of heaven and earth. I took classes, made new friends, got healing, and just really started a relationship with Jesus that is still new and fresh everyday. My husband became Preacher man and I was his wife. (That is a whole other blog in itself.)
Then, after 4 short years, we were given the option to shut up and follow the lead of lies in a denomination that was going very left, very fast, or stand for what God was calling us to. We picked God over the demon-nation. Opps, did I say that?
That was little over 1 year ago.
It still hurts. I still cry over where my life is compared to where it was. I now am an assistant manager at a gas station... Why me God?! Why do I have to go through this?! When will the pain stop?! Then I read this...
Dare to let go of the old and go through a stage of unknowing
and confusing so you can
experience new life.
Dare to trust the flow of your life.
Release your demand for certainty and control
and slip into the stream that is pulling you toward
the fullness of your being.
~ David G. Benner
My suffering is for others healing. It's so you don't have to go it alone, because you have me. I will show you how I did it, how I'm doing it even today. I will point you to the true healer, but you have to be willing to lay your life down everyday...and pick up your cross and follow Him...where ever He may lead you!
It's still hard, but I have someone walking beside me, in fact there are days that He carries me!
His suffering was for my healing... surely I can do this...